Showing posts with label nintendo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nintendo. Show all posts

Friday, February 26, 2016

Nintendo Power's Ninja Gaiden II Strategy Guide

It was, I'm assuming the Christmas season of 1990. My parents and I had just driven to one of my friend's house. I'm not exactly sure why we were there, but as it turns out, they had a couple of gifts for me. One was one of those little Flipsiders games, the kind shaped like a cassette tape. The other one was this lovely bit of reading material right here..

The Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Ninja Gaiden II. Now, this isn't the same one from that day, at least I don't think it is. This is a copy I found on Amazon, and I'll be damned if it doesn't look exactly like the one I had many years ago. You tend to remember random things like the folds on a magazine's cover. I initially thought it was an odd choice for a gift. I had a decent selection of games for my NES, but I didn't have Ninja Gaiden II, at least not yet. Had my friend's parents accidentally spoiled one of my Christmas gifts for me? Well, as it turns out, they didn't. Ninja Gaiden II wasn't under the tree that year, and as far as I can remember, I never actually owned the game. I rented it a few times, but the difficulty of the game always frustrated me to the point of controller throwing anger. Yet, that still didn't keep me from reading through the guide at least 170 times. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Comic Book Toy Ads!

If there's one thing I love more than random comic books, it's the random toy ads in those random comics. Here's four of my favorite ads from my meager collection.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

In need of a little enhancement? Try Nintendo's Game Genie

I've been going through the closets the past couple of weeks, cleaning out the skeletons and the myriad of other random objects that have accumulated in them over the past six or seven years. When I pulled down a box full of computer parts, I discovered a magical golden object.

It was a Galoob Game Genie, my original one, in matter of fact. By the time it was released I had been playing an NES for several years, and I was no stranger to difficult, frustrating games. Most of the Nintendo's library was made up of games so hard they would make a saint cuss. I owned a lot of games where I had only seen the first couple of levels. Looking through Nintendo Power was the only way I got to see what the later levels of some games looked like. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I'm looking at you. You too Gradius, and your limited continues. Battletoads, you stay in the corner, I'm not talking to you anymore.

If you aren't familiar with the Game Genie, it was a device that hooked onto your games, then got plugged into your NES. When you turned the system on, you would be taken to a screen where you could input codes from the codebook.

You could use the codes provided for you, or if you were feeling particularly lucky, come up with codes of your own. You had to be careful though, because the wrong code or combination of codes could make a game unplayable. The Codebook didn't cover all the games that were out at the time, but it had codes for some of the more popular games of the time. Depending on what kind of player were, the Game Genie could be used to make a game easier, or if you were completely insane, even more difficult. Given the choice between infinite lives and starting with 1 life, I'm pretty sure I know which one I would choose.

Sometimes the writers would taunt players, urging them to try certain codes if they were REAL game players. In the case of Batman, starting with one life and only allowing yourself to pick up half the amount of pellets was akin to jumping out of a plane without a parachute. No matter how hard you tried, it wasn't going to end well.

Applying codes to some of the games completely changed how they played. Friday the 13th for example, became another weekend by the lake when you entered the infinite children and energy codes. Rather than freaking out everytime you came across the large, purple serial killer, you could just enjoy a nice relaxing walk around Crystal Lake. Sure, you'd have to fight the big guy every now and then, but you could take yoursweet time since you didn't have to worry about running out of children. It seems kind of morbid, now that I think about it. Providing Jason with an infinite amount of children to murder may have made the game easier, but it still gave Jason an infinite amount of children to murder..

As much as I love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the first game on the NES is one of the most frustrating ever made. And it's all because of that damn seaweed in the Dam levels. I think it was specifically programmed to make children cry. Just the first level is enough to make even the most patient person want to throw the controller. Those Dam levels though, they were just malicious.With the Game Genie, there's no need to worry about it anymore. Just swim right on through it and disarm those bombs. You still had to worry about the time limit, though. Game designers fed on the tears of children, and even the folks at Galoob wouldn't want to deprive them of their main source of sustenance.

Since there were still games coming out for the NES at this point, there was a need for newer, more updated codebooks. But how would you get that info out to people that bought a Game Genie in the pre-internet world? By mail-order, that's how.

For just over $5, you could get four quarterly code updates. These would include updated game lists, and in some cases, older codes were tweaked so they caused fewer glitches during game play. There was nothing more aggravating that putting all your codes in, only to find a jumbled title screen when you started the game. I never actually subscribed to the updates, but thankfully my neighbor did. I would borrow them, and my mom would make photocopies at work. By the time the updates stopped coming, I had already moved on to bigger and more powerful consoles, each with their own versions of the Game Genie.

Sadly, I think the day of the cheat device is long gone. Games have become so complicated, it wouldn't be a good idea to screw around with the coding. Of course, most new games come with plenty of glitches out of the box, who would want to add even more?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Now you're reading with power, Worlds of Power

If you've never heard of Worlds of Power, it was a series of books published by Scholastic that were based on various Nintendo properties. They were basically just a way to get kids to put down their controllers and, you know, actually read a book or two. Apparently it worked, because over a million Worlds of Power books were sold before they went out of print. I only ever owned one of them, a novelization of the game Mega Man 2.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Night Fun!

Chelsea's having her monthly books, booze, and bitchin' gathering, so I'm supposed to make myself scarce for the night. Since their conversations usually deal with topics that are not appropriate for male ears, I have no problem finding something to do to occupy myself for the night.


Yeah, I know the photo's horrible, but I'm not going for quality tonight. Honestly, when have I ever gone for quality material? Here's a shot of my desk as of 8 PM. Dinner was McDonald's tonight, even though I honestly can't stand most fast food. It's a rare occasion that I'll choose it over actually making something to eat, but this just felt like a McDonald's sort of night. That's the bacon habanero quarter pounder, and it honestly wasn't that good. The habanero sauce was rather spicy, but didn't really have much in the way of flavor. Still, it filled a few holes in my stomach, and gave me the fuel to get me through the evening.

It's hard to see, but scattered about my desk are some past and future post topics. Hey, want a closer look at some of them?

Ooh..action figures. I haven't written about most of these yet, though I'm sure you all remember ol' Mumm-Ra and Darth Vader over there. The great news about Big Daddy Darth? I finally found an original lightsaber for him. The tip is broken off, but no matter. You'll be seeing more about those Glyos guys in the near future, maybe as soon as tomorrow if I can get my motivators working early enough.

I always have a stack of books that I'm reading. The Aliens novel I picked up for free at a new shop that opened up in town. Speaking of which, I should probably do a post on that shop sometime in the near future as well. That Spawn/Batman comic will be coming up soon too. I don't want to talk about it too much here, but it taught me a lot about hype and disappointment.

Over here we have the multimedia section. That Fright Flicks cd on top is for our (hopefully) Halloween party this year. Right under there is the score from the first Batman movie, and then the soundtrack from Mortal Kombat. Next to those is a Transformers DVD set containing the third and fourth seasons. Chelsea got this for me a couple of Christmases ago, and I'm ashamed to admit I still haven't watched a single episode. Maybe if I keep it on my desk, I'll eventually watche'em all.

They'll have to wait until another night though. Tonight I'm watching..

Night of the Creeps is one of my most favorite "zombie" movies of all time. I like to think of it as the spiritual predecessor to "Slither", another great horror comedy (Horromedy?).  I usually save the horror movies for Halloween, but it's been so long since I've seen it unedited, I couldn't resist. It's cheesy as hell, but how can you not like space slugs that turn everyone into zombies? Plus, it has Tom "Halloween 3" Atkins. He's easily the best part of the movie, with his brash, no nonsense attitude, and surgical precision with a shotgun. He also has one of the best catch phrases ever for answering the phone, "Thrill me". I think I'm going to start using that one. Thrill me indeed...

You can't watch a movie without some sort of snacks. Chelsea and her friends always make a variety of snacks for their book club meetings, and tonight was no exception. This month's book was Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, so everyone brought a cereal-y snack. Cereal-y, that's a word right? No matter, I'm going with it. We're not worried about quality tonight, remember? I'm not a huge fan of  popcorn. I'll eat it, but I'm not going out of my way to buy it or make it. Anyway, I knew the girls were going to have a variety of snacks, so I snuck in to their stronghold dining room, and made off with a variety of snacks. And such tasty snacks they were. The multicolored cube at the top left was a Fruity Pebbles variation on the Rice Krispie treat. I think I actually prefer it to the original. Next to that, we have what was labeled as a "Hash" Brownie. I'm actually not sure what was in this one, but it was a brownie, and unless they're wrapped in plastic, brownies are always good. The last two are snacks that Chelsea made. The one of the left is a marshmallow skewered on a pretzel stick, dipped in chocolate, then rolled in crush Cocoa Puffs. The one next to it, is a Cocoa Puff ball made with corn syrup and peanut butter, and placed on top of a pretzel stick. They're like super indulgent lollipops. I washed them all down with a tall glass of ice cold milk, the perfect companion to sugary baked goods.

Once the movie was over, I was in the mood for some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for the NES. On my first play through, it didn't take long for me to lose all my Turtles. I didn't even make it to the Dam level this time. In all my years, I've only managed to get through the Dam level once, and I'm pretty sure I was using the Game Genie that time around. Still, it was the only Turtles game around at the time, so we continued to play it, no matter how much it pissed us off.

Eventually, I got tired of getting my butt kicked by electrified sea grass, so I decided to surf around the web a bit. One of my favorite sites to visit is Dinosaur Dracula. I was a rabid reader of Matt's previous site, X-Entertainment, while I was in college. I was still a shy kid my first couple years of college, and X-E gave me something to all those times I was hanging out in my dorm room by myself. I'm also enjoying browsing through all your blogs tonight. Toyriffic, The Clawful Punch, Action Figure Adventures, Fully Jointed Play Things...Honestly, just look at my bloglist. You all entertain me, as well as inspire me. Okay, enough with this sappiness. It's almost 12, the book club is winding down, and I think my sugar rush is finally starting to peter out. Before I go, here's a shot of yours truly, in all my exhausted glory.

Hey, I told you I wasn't worried about quality tonight.

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